Once the season's snow has all but disappeared, we set out to clean up our streets of the litter and debris that has collected in the gutters over the year. For one week a month, April through August, we street sweep along curbed roads and low spots in the Township. This not only maintains a healthy, safe and clean environment for our community, but conforms and complies with the Federal Clean Water Act and the Best Management Practices (BMP) of the National Pollutants Discharge System (NPDES) for protecting our storm drain system.
During these times we ask for cooperation and patience from residents by removing vehicles from the roadway. The street sweeper operates from the early morning hours into the late afternoon, so cars need only to be absent at this time. Vehicles may be returned for evening and overnight parking. Our request applies for the entire week that street sweeping is scheduled, please make use of any off-street parking opportunities you may have. This allows the sweepers to clean the gutter area where most litter and debris accumulates. Keep in mind, the sweeper is not a small vehicle, it will end up missing yards of soiled curb line surrounding a parked car in order to avoid it safely. If multiple cars are parked, the entire block will go untouched.
Cars are not the only obstruction street sweepers run into. They also avoid basketball hoops, trash cans and large debris that could damage the sweeper. Please help by clearing your yard frontage during these weeks.
Do not blow yard waste into the street
To discharge any pollutant into navigable waters is in violation of the Federal Clean Water Act. A permit program regulates the fluid emitted into these waters and violators can be fined thousands of dollars. Blowing grass, leaves and other debris into the street is prohibited under Township Code 97-13. In the event that this debris finds it's way into the storm water system, violates the Clean Water Act and puts water quality and the health of the community drinking water at risk. Please take a dust pan and broom to clean up any handfuls of debris along the curb line and dispose with the trash. Using a hose will carry the debris down the road into the drains which we are trying to avoid. Wet debris also makes it harder for the sweeper to pick up. The little bit of water the sweeper uses is to keep dust down. A dry curb and pavement is optimal, as well as minimal debris.
As always, clean up after you pet. Keeping their waste from entering water ways will help prevent illness to people and animals using the downstream waters.